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From out response line

Of the first calls to the new Tech response line, two regard the paper's comics.

1/3 Frank E. Desimone '92 called to express his dislike of the current comic selection. Referring to the "the deplorable state of Tech comics," he suggested that The Tech look into a new, student-drawn comic called Pinto and Shag.

1/3 Dave B. Killian, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry, related his dismay at the recent lack of Jim's Journal strips in The Tech. "It's one of the funniest strips around," he said.

The Tech: Our comics policy is as follows: As a general rule, student-drawn comics are given higher priority than other comics, but have lower priority than news articles. When articles are longer than the editors anticipated, the comics are taken out to make space. Students interested in drawing comics should stop by the Tech office with a sample of their work, which will then be evaluated by the editor in chief and other editors.

Just because a comic is student-drawn does not guarantee publication, however. A comic must conform to reasonable boundaries of taste and quality, as determined by the editors.

Jim's Journal is not drawn by an MIT student; it is drawn by a student at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and is syndicated to 20 college newspapers across the country. While we try to print Jim as often as possible, it is given lower priority than student-drawn comics. We will, however, try to run Jim on a more regular basis in the future.

1/3 On a separate topic, Senior House President David W. Hogg '92 told the Response Line that a recent article on Senior House ["Senior House renovated to meet new fire codes," Sept. 20] contained errors and misleading information. "I'd really like to see some better reporting on Senior House in the future," he said. "The renovations were to meet building codes, not fire codes (as reported). The writer got most of his information from Mike Mills. We (Senior House government) disagree with Mike Mills about this. We're not happy with the renovations, generally. Many freshman rooms are not as nice as they used to be. Also, many of the murals were vandalized needlessly, including ones in areas where no significant renovations took place."

The Tech: Mills, the General Manager for Maintenance and Renovations to Housing, is the official administration source for information on renovations. Apparently, however, there was disagreement between the administration and students about the renovations that The Tech was unaware of. The reporter maintains that, according to Mills, the renovations were to meet fire codes.

1/3 Ron Newman '79 was surprised that The Tech did not cover the on-campus lecture by Camille Paglia on Thursday, Sept. 19. "It was a very large audience," he said, ". . . and it was a fairly controversial speech as well."

The Tech: We agree that the lecture was important and planned to run a news item on it. Due to unforseen circumstances, however, the assigned reporter was unable to cover the story.

The Tech's Response Line is an opportunity for readers to informally respond to any issues raised in The Tech, or to discuss the paper itself. Readers may call the Line at 258-8219, and leave their name, MIT affiliation and evening phone number along with a message. These summaries will be printed as often as the response demands.